Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Priced in Europe, Starting at €500

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xperia_z1_compactCES 2014 so far hasn’t been extremely rich on smartphone announcements, but unlike in past years, most of the handhelds that have debuted in Las Vegas are destined for greatness. Take Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact.

It’s hands down the coolest, fastest device of its footprint, being more than capable of fending off giants such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or LG G2 in raw speed duels. However, what everyone feared when Sony introduced an “uncompromising” 4.3-incher was pricing.

And in part, we were right to be spooked. Still lacking an ETA and price tag stateside, the Z1 Compact has opened pre-orders in several European states. Germany appears set on getting it the cheapest, at “just” €500 ($680).

Then there’s Italy and Netherlands, both with MSRPs of €549 ($750), whereas on British shores the Android 4.3-running beast is to start at roughly £430 ($705). Clove and Unlocked-Mobiles plan to charge that for the Compact, albeit you shouldn’t be extremely surprised if the ante is upped down the road.

After all, Amazon UK lists the gizmo at £595.67 ($975). Whaaat? That’s bonkers! Snapdragon 800 power, 2 GB RAM, 20.7 MP rear-facing camera and all, there’s no way a sane person will ever drop a gee on this.

Via [Xperia Blog]

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